Chelsea’s “identity” has grown since their 2-1 defeat to Liverpool in September, according to Antonio Conte.
The Blues’ title credentials were widely questioned following back-to-back defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal last September.
But Conte’s side have subsequently hauled themselves back into the title race and boast an eight-point lead at the top of the table ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Anfield.
Conte’s decision to switch to a 3-4-3 formation has been central to Chelsea’s upturn in form and the Italian coach is adamant mastering one style of play is key for the Premier League’s top sides.
“We have grown since our first meeting with Liverpool and we have improved a lot in terms of our identity and confidence,” Conte told a pre-match press conference.
“When you face teams of the same level it’s important to win for confidence, but the difficulty is high.
“Liverpool have their own identity and that makes them stronger – they play 4- 3-3. When you change your system, you lose your identity and it makes it easier for other teams to beat you.”
Chelsea have lost just two games away from Stamford Bridge this season and will open up a 13-point gap over the Merseysiders with victory on Liverpool’s patch.
Conte is determined to claim all three points against Liverpool, who are without a win in three games, and is expected to see an open game.
“I want my team to fight to win in every game. Both teams want to win so it could be an open game tomorrow,” he added.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp believes “a lot” of other teams will be hopeful Liverpool can halt Chelsea’s momentum.
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